People In the Ivory Tower.

Another reality; the academe

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Education and Culture.

One day, I came down from the so-called "ivory tower", the label that people who had not lived there call.

Gilbert Crow, a retired Colonel in the U.S. military was introduced to me by a colleague; I was a widow then. Shortly after, I accepted his invitation to have dinner with him. He brought me to a place where white tourists go; it was a "prostitution den" where sex tourists from the West come for cheap sex with young and pretty Filipino women.

He was making a statement, perhaps to insult me? It was only after our long conversation on each others' background did he realize that to take me to that place was an indirect insult to my person; but actually not, as far as I was concerned because in fact he was just honest to show me the life he was leading.

The world is a big classroom; whether we like it or not we all learn from life as we live on. The only question is, what did you learn? Did you choose a specific course in life to experience and live by that you can also proudly model and teach other learners? Or are you just here in life just to exist and worse, as a liability?


The choices

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Ivory Tower Lessons for Life

Let me have a review on the life of the inhabitants of the ivory tower. First, to qualify, the ticket is at least a basic Bachelor's degree. This Bachelor's degree was not just handed down to them but it is a reward for at least four years of mostly struggles.

People who were not able to have a degree, by choice or by circumstances, would think that students and graduates are taking the easy way by choosing formal education. Whether learning is from the "street" or in the academe, it is both an experience. Success in life is a personal matter whether one is a degree holder or otherwise, yet statistics still show that the high percentage favours to those who had the basic success in educating themselves in the academe.

Most of those who hold the realm of the government and successful big business companies are both entrepreneurs and degree holders at the same time.

The term "ivory tower" is sarcastically applied to people in the academe by those who are not there and who had learned to cope with life through "experience". There is even the adage "experience is the best teacher"; which is true because everything in a life that is lived consciously is an experience whether the experience is from the "street" or from the academe.

Some self-made entrepreneurs learn the basics in life by paying attention to their experiences and learning what matters to them in life through trial and error; they also learn some skills by sheer interest on specific things which they focus and experiment repeatedly and read lots of books for references. These types may not need to go to formal education, but this is a very rare case.

My son is a school drop-out when he was second year college taking up Computer Science; he cannot wait another two years to learn what he really wanted to apply immediately for the achievement of his personal goals. But then he was consistent in his self-study that within one year he was able to produce a system that sold for one million dollars and which made him a co-owner of a business company in Las Vegas; and which also made him the CEO of his own company in Makati, Philippines.

The academe is intended for average people to follow institutionalized and standard socialization and educational discipline. But any person with average intellectual and other personality capacity who don't give importance to educating themselves but just drift in life wherever it leads them have bigger chances to be liabilities in a given society. A lot would resort to prostitution and other criminal activities in the extreme when things go real bad; humans have the inherent capacity for survival and if misguided they tend to commit criminal acts.

Thus, the safest way is to invest ones time and effort to institutions that teach standard knowledge and start from there. Some degree holders have gone higher to administrative places even running the government and other leadership positions; but the foundation, which is formal education, should be done first.

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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA Author

Thanks Ronnie,

It's good to meet someone similarminded to me.

Jenny


JD 4 years ago

Comment is to ddenlighten in regards to the tax department.


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA Author

Hi Ddenlighten,

Thanks for the comment...are you saying that statement to me...or to Diane?

Jynzly


JD 4 years ago

Ddenlighten needs to stop lying. Isnt the tax department after you?


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA Author

So what will you do now?


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Diane Dillon 4 years ago from Quatsino BC

I dont work for them I worked for them, for almost a year . these men have a lot of companies and this is common here in BC. I had no idea they signed my name to a contract I took this to labour relations and they penalized them for 3 fines 500 each a slap in the wirst. then worksafe wrote them up for 8 pages of unlawful violations, now the tax dpearmtnet has fined them 1000 for each year they failed to file. they have 10 or more different types of companies here , oil, water . drug companies etc now they are in toronto cuco pipe lines and copper mines. I have 4 boxes of evidnece , tapes and photos of crimes committed including deaths that could have been avoided or prevented. I was relocated 300 miles away by a government office. ddenlighten@hotmail.com


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA Author

Are you still working there? How were they able to sign you in fraudulently? Did you know at the time that they signed you in? We have to be assertive in our jobs to avoid become victims of exploitive people. Remember "there are no masters if there are no slaves". In your case, you have to face the court to prove your innocence. You don't have to pay the lawyer; there must be some government lawyers to be provided to you.

Like I said, the company that you are in is a remote case in the world of professionalism.


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Diane Dillon 4 years ago from Quatsino BC

it was not my company I worked for them I was the victim. I worked 62 hours a week nights and they refused to pay me my job was secrutiy personal. I was on site personnel lived at the job in remote area. I have a substantial portfolio, education etc they just dupe people. they are guilty of 10 counts under the criminal code . They took the liberty of signing my name to a contract ( fraud)I had to pay a lawyer 235.00 per hour and the case will go to court cost unreal.They are rich and powerful and have no conscience. ddenlighten@hotmail.com They are now in toronto starting a new company CUCO


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA Author

Hi Diane,

I am sorry to hear that but that is an isolated case.

I don't really know the whole story; what kind of business your company is dealing? Why would human trafficking get into the picture? Is there human right violation committed by your company? Is your company exploiting employees or clients? What is your position in the job and how are you involved in the conflict?

This is what I am talking about...some people, especially those who are not properly educated can easily be exploited because they would get any job or just grab any opportunity for survival regardless of the nature of a job.

I can understand now why you talk about corporate crime in management.

What are those items? Ok, I will try to email you.


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Diane Dillon 4 years ago from Quatsino BC

Hi Jen, I worked for a company guitly of 10 counts under the criminal code as well as that of human trafficking and tax evasion would this fit the criteira for what you are describing. I was taken to the office to combat human trafficking for 3 hours and interviewed with 4 witnesses. I also then had to meet a few weeks alter a special agent that deals with this and had to be taken to another office to interviewed on tape. I was thne relocated 300 miles away. my email is ddenlighten@hotmail.com I will send you items if your interested


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA Author

Hi Ronnie,

Thank you for the comment. I feel honoured.

Jynzly


R. J. Lefebvre 4 years ago

Jenny,

You have done a marvelles on your hub! Your script matches my thoughts of what intellegence is.

Ronnie


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Jynzly 4 years ago from Marion, Indiana, USA Author

Hi Diane,

First, thank you for the comment, I appreciate it.

I understand your point but I am talking about institutionalized set-up in a given society. Greed and other ulterior interests are personal traits, whether one is a degree-holder or a street vendor. I am speaking of organized crimes where some unguided individuals are easily lured and exploited such as in drugs, prostitutions among others, for survival. Corporate politics and greed when detected can easily be corrected. Professionalism is the rule in corporate environment...the naturally greedy and those inclined to insinuate bad influence are a remote case where professionalism is the policy.


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Diane Dillon 4 years ago from Quatsino BC

Hi Jen you touched on a lot of issues here. There is the criminal element amongst employed , unemployed, educated and those who as you state just drift along. corporate crime is now common amongst executives and managment. Greed can be a common factor. social condition is everywhere on the streets and in the classroom

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